Being open about illness helped Jussi Kivimäki cope with Parkinson's disease
Jussi Kivimäki wrote a monologue about the illness he was diagnosed with 15 years ago. JUSSI KIVIMÄKI was only 49 when he was given a diagnosis that turned his life upside down. His symptoms that began as obscure aches and pains in his leg were found to be caused by Parkinson's disease.
To start with, Kivimäki had only complained about the strange sensations to his colleague who had advised him to make a doctor's appointment. On a work trip to Central Finland, Kivimäki understood that something was wrong when his hands felt so stiff and clumsy he could not hold a pen properly.